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Beach Read The New York Times bestselling laugh out loud love story you’ll want to escape with this summer Paperback 20 Aug 2020 Paperback – 1 January 2020
- ASIN : B08T93W3CC
- Publisher : Generic (1 January 2020)
- Language : English
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Being a nonfiction book, there’s a fair amount of serendipity involved in the plot, but an acceptable amount for the sake of entertainment, imo. The characters (main and secondary) are well-developed and the plot takes you intimately through their experiences, using the female character, January’s perspective to take you there. I really liked ‘Beach Read' and will definitely look for more of Emily’s books, but I'm unsure what significance the title has to the scenario.
This book made me laugh, sob, smile and swoon and I just adored it I highly, highly recommend this book please just read it.
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Both January and Gus were interesting characters and it's only as we scratch beneath the surface do we discover that both have been holding onto their fair share of emotional baggage that is preventing them from moving forward. Will they be able to open up and to one another and help each other heal? I have to confess that personally I much preferred January as a character to Gus, there was just that little something about him that prevented me from warming to him wholly.
What I loved most about this book was the exploration of genres, the concept of questioning why a book written by a male is typically classified as fiction and can be read by both men and women whereas a book written by a female is typically classified as women's fiction and deemed to appeal to women only. One night after a few drinks a bet is made for them both to try and write something outside of their normal style, Gus to write a Happily Ever After story and January to explore something a little darker.
The whole bet storyline was hilarious and I really enjoyed the intellectual sparring between the two of them when talking about their books and current writing progress. As for their research days, these certainly provided some interesting topics for discussion as well as some hilarious comedic moments and compromising situations. I loved their witty banter and the interactions between them although I was a little concerned that it might have been vering towards the corny at times but the author managed to cleverly avoid it going down that road.
My only minor gripe about this book was the title itself as it didn't really work for me, yes they both live in beachfront houses but other than that it didn't really fit with the whole concept/theme of the story that unfolds.
Overall I found Beach Read to be a heartwarming read that dealt with some emotional and sensitive topics such as relationship breakdowns, grief and infidelity.
Our main character, January, has always felt like someone who believes in love and its power to transform us. She writes romance and has always looked for her happy ending. But when we see her things aren’t going quite to plan. She is struggling to write, she is grieving her father and yet trying to reconcile herself to the discovery that her father had a secret second life.
Upon arriving at his second hideaway home, January is nervous about what she’ll find. Nothing could prepare her for the discovery that her new neighbour is an old college acquaintance, Gus.
Like January Gus is a writer. But we quickly see that, like January, things in his life aren’t quite going to plan.
What follows is quite obvious - they slowly form a new bond, breaking down the barriers each had in place and eventually starting a relationship each has secretly harboured dreams of since they first met.
The interaction between these two was great fun. Seeing two such different outlooks and the little bet to each write a book in the style of the other gave it an interesting twist. Not everything runs smoothly, but it always feels like we’ll end up where we hope.
A huge thank you to NetGalley for granting me access to this prior to publication. I loved it!
I instantly warmed to this book and loved the two main characters. It has angst, love, insight and keeps things ticking along at a cracking pace! Will definitely re-read this!
Admittedly, my expectations of this being fun probably made the reading experience worse than it would have been. However, the characters were just annoying with their dramas that seemed exaggerated to me. January's dad died an year ago and she still can't get over the fact that he wasn't the mean she thought he'd be and that's fair game, some things shock you and you don't get over them. But do you think about it constantly every other day and how hard it is for you to live everyday life? If you say yes, you might enjoy this book, but it's a hard no for me.
Then, there's Augustus, who is so mysterious, so bad boy, so "can't tie me down" that it's such a cliche from a 90s teenager show (and he's in his 30s, not his teens). I just couldn't empathise or like him based on this.
There's also how she sees his smile, talks to him, looks at his hair and is turned into jelly that I can't stomach. Plus, their stories that came out of the exchange seem like total crap - I wouldn't want to read those books or I'd be tricked by a title such as "Beach Read" and I'd then leave a bad review on Amazon to prevent others from being tricked by it.